Kerala on Monday reported 17,821 new cases and 196 deaths in a day, taking the total number of infections to 23,35,762, while the toll is 7,554. This is the highest single-day toll in the state.
Meanwhile, All India Institute of Medical Sciences Director Dr Randeep Guleria said that mucormycosis or “black fungus” is not a communicable disease. “In 90% to 95% cases, it is found in cases where patients are diabetic and have been given steroids,” he added.
Earlier in the day, the Centre allowed onsite registration and appointment for people in the 18-44 years age group for coronavirus vaccination. However, it will initially only be available at government vaccination centres.
India on Monday reported 2,22,315 new coronavirus cases, taking the infection tally to 2,67,52,447 since the pandemic first broke out in January 2020. The toll climbed by 4,454 to 3,03,720. With this, India is now the third country in the world, after the United States and Brazil, to log over 3 lakh deaths.
Globally, the coronavirus has now infected over 16.69 crore people and killed over 34.58 lakh since the pandemic broke out in December 2019, according to Johns Hopkins University.
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